Fibonacci PavilionInterpreting Nature by Digital Tectonic_Shell Structure and Soft Material Research
Nature by Digital Tectonic” is a thesis research of mine at Tamkang University
in 2014, which
is series research about applying
computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to practice
digital tectonics. The study returns to the human scale for investigating the
constructability of digital design.
combines CAD and CAM to investigate the process from digital design to fabrication.
Inspired by the natural pattern, the notion of pavilion structure comes from
the growth rule of Fibonacci numbers which appears in the arrangement of
sunflower seeds. The Fibonacci series plays the leading role in structure arrangement.
Through parametric design, the pattern of the interwoven formation
becomes the structural system. 117 different units are generated from
computational design of the quarter form and manufactured by laser cutter as
planar components. 468 X-shaped units not only keep the structural capacity but
reduce the self-weight of overall construction. The combination of
both the Fibonacci structure system and the oval dome shell resulting in a very lightweight
system. The entire structure, with a diameter of more than 8 and 6 meters, can
be constructed using only 6 mm thin plywood and colored PETG sheets. Additionally, the shadow of the pavilion reflects the
Fibonacci pattern as well.
year: Summer 2014
type: Digital Fabrication / Material Research course: Thesis Design, Tamkang University
advisor: Chen-Cheng Chen
size: 860cm X 620cm X 250cm location: Wulaokeng, Yilan, Taiwan